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The Headache of Multi-Carrier Shipping
So, what happens when your operations require freight shipping — seafreight, airfreight, railfreight, or large quantities like LTLs, FTLs and pallets? Or, when you routinely use multiple carriers for different directions and transport modes? You hit a wall, where the limited nature of single-carrier plugins can begin to choke your business operations.
Challenges with Carrier API Integrations
Building your own custom carrier API integrations can have many advantages. However, there are several challenges you might need to think about when going alone:
1. Diverse API Protocols: Handling Multiple Data Formats
2. Frequent and Unpredictable API Changes Leading to Downtime
3. New Carriers, New Integrations: The Ongoing Commitment
4. Multi-Carrier Shipping Features: More Than Just Connectivity
5. Integration development: In-House or Outsourced?
A Relatable Comparison: Custom vs. Standardized Parts
Meet Cargoson: The Complete Carrier Integration Solution
Cargoson’s carrier integration software steps in to tackle these complexities head-on.
In its core, Cargoson is a multi-carrier shipping software designed to integrate seamlessly with your ERP system. And it’s not just about parcel deliveries: whether it’s seafreight, airfreight, railfreight or freight shipments such as pallets, Cargoson gets it all under one coherent, unified view.
Benefits of Cargoson's Carrier Integration Software
- Unlimited Carrier Integrations: All your present and future carriers are already integrated, and adding new carrier connections is free of charge for you. We maintain API integrations regularly: the stability of these is our top priority. In case you ever run into any issues, just use the chat on the bottom right corner, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +372 5555 0028.
- Personalized Price Calculations: Auto-calculate real-time carrier rates based on your own negotiated rates with each carrier using Cargoson's freight rate management software.
- Transport CO2 Emission Calculation: Calculate CO2e equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions before making a transport decision, or generate bulk reports after each period.
- Spot Freight Price Requests: Request custom quotes for specific, one-off shipments from the carriers you'd like. This helps you to manage unexpected shipping costs effectively.
- Shipping Notifications: Stay informed and keep your customers, business partners and coworkers in the loop with timely updates.
- Cross-Carrier Analytics: Access detailed, comparative insights across all your carriers, empowering you to make data-driven decisions and optimize your carrier performance.
- Third-Party Access Controls: Grant limited system access to suppliers for seamless order placements. This way, they can place transport orders as the goods/materials leave the production line, saving precious time without accessing your sensitive information like your transport prices.
- Essential Document Generation: Generate shipping labels, generate CMR, e-Waybill, Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) with a single click.
- Shipping Automation: Automate the carrier selection process. Save time on routine transport decision making by defining your business rules such as "IF the total weight of an order exceeds 50kg, THEN use road transport with Carrier X.", and let the system handle the rest.
- Delayed Shipment Reports: Receive timely alerts and reports when shipments are delayed, allowing for proactive customer service and minimizing negative impacts on customer experience.
- Dock Time Slot Management: Organize and schedule specific time slots for loading and unloading at the docks, leading to efficient management of your warehouse operations.
Expanding Your Carrier Network
Achieving Outstanding Customer Service
Standardize Your Shipping Process
Cargoson: One Integration, Endless Possibilities
You can now move beyond the limitations of single-carrier plugins and costly, high-maintenance API integrations. Keep your employees doing valuable work instead of monotonous transport management tasks than can be automated. Cargoson is like an IT department for your logistics, designed to make your workday just that bit smoother.
Cost-Benefit Analysis Template / ROI Calculator
The sample data is based on our customer stories, which are publicly available for you to read:
Nefab: "It is estimated that we spend 20-30% less time per day ordering transport, which also means direct cost savings."
PrintOnPack.com: "In terms of time-saving, we have saved a lot of working hours with Cargoson as small shipment prices with APIs are showing up automatically and cargo prices we get much faster than if we would use regular e-mail requests."
Estiko-Plastar (in Estonian): "When we place an order through Cargoson, we have the opportunity to find a partner who can offer not only a great price but also the fastest delivery time. In just six months, we have achieved savings of as much as 12-15% on our freight shipments."
Onninen: "Of course, saving time also means saving money, and although we have not calculated this precisely, it is safe to say that without Cargoson, there would probably be more people at work who would keep an eye on the whole process and bring the content of conversations to common Excel spreadsheets. Cargoson is doing this work automatically for us."
Viru Elektrikaubandus: "The solution also provides significant added value to our customers, as they can easily see information about their shipment - when it was sent, when the goods can be expected to be received. This actually is good brand marketing for Viru Elektrikaubandus, as we can be more professionals in our service also in the eyes of our customers and suppliers."
Silen: "For Silen, the cost savings come directly from the time saved. The clarity, simplicity, and efficiency of the processes allow us to better plan our work and, therefore, serve our customers better."
Find more Cargoson customer stories here
Below you can download the free Excel revenue calculator template, where you can calculate and compare the benefits, costs, ROI and payback time of using a carrier integration software versus the classic, manual way of working with all of your carriers: emails, spreadsheets, different carrier portals etc.